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Home Safety Checklist

Are you moving into a new home, prepping for a baby, or simply trying to make your home safer? The list of things to do might feel endless, but many of the things that will make your home safer should take only a few minutes.

Don’t forget the quick and easy things that can make a big difference—use this checklist to make sure your home is safe, inside and out.

The complete home safety checklist

  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home.
  • Place carbon monoxide alarms near every sleeping area.
  • Install one radon gas detector in the lowest place in your home.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and CO alarms every six months.
  • Use smart plugs for electrical appliances like curling irons and grills so you can turn them off even if you aren’t home.
  • Anchor furniture to your walls so your children can’t accidentally pull it over on themselves.
  • Mount TVs to your walls or place them on sturdy furniture that is low to the ground.
  • Install childproof locks on any cabinets that have cleaning supplies, chemicals, or medicine.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near your kitchen and in the garage in case of emergencies.
  • Secure sliding doors and windows by placing a wooden dowel or two-by-four in the bottom track.
  • Place small hooks near blinds to keep cords out of children’s reach.
  • Place floor mats in your bathroom to prevent slips and falls.
  • Store electrical appliances away from water.
  • Install motion sensor lights and cameras to deter package theft and burglary.
  • Replace your current locks with smart door locks that let you lock and unlock your door remotely.
  • Cover your window wells so kids and pets can’t fall in while they’re playing outside.
  • Invest in a smart garage door opener so you never accidentally leave your garage door open.
  • Trim trees and bushes around your home to eliminate easy hiding spots on your property.
  • Stop mail and newspaper delivery if you’ll be out of town for a long time.
  • Get a fireproof safe to store your irreplaceable belongings like birth certificates and social security numbers.
  • Use automatic timers or smart devices to make it look like your home is occupied when you aren’t there.
  • Get a professionally monitored home security system so someone can watch over your home when you’re away.

What are you doing to keep your home and family safe? The checklist above is a great start, but we’d love to hear from you. Share your advice in the comments below.

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3 responses to “Home Safety Checklist”

  1. Everyone always talks about home safety and getting good locks, but of course, having a safe and reliable door helps too! I know so many pepole that have glass doors and although they look nice and let in a lot of light, they are very unsafe. My former house had a glass door and we installed a lock that required a key on both sides of the lock just in case someone tried the break the glass and put their hand through to unlock from the outside, they would need a key. Thanks for sharing these safety tips – will also sign up for your newsletter to get this checklist emailed to me too. A good new years plan for everyone but should practice these home safety tips year round! 

    • Great tip Tom! While having a monitored home security system is extremely important, you cannot just assume your home is secure once installed. I like to take walks around my home and ask myself "If I were a burglar, how would I think?". I then look for any possilbe vulnerabilities. One instance that I found recently is a window in my garage. I'm always making sure that I'm dead bolting the side garage door and shutting the main door. While doing a walkthrough I realized that a window right next to the door is really low and flimsy. While there is a lock inside, it is made of plastic and would take a criminal five seconds to break open. And the window is really low, someone could easily hop through without needing a ladder.

      I have since replaced the window with a much more durable lock and I put a solar motion light right above the window. Now it is going to be way less attractive to a would be criminal.

  2. Everyone probably thinks that there home is safe and that they have taken all of the proper precautions. Yet, with the rise of crime and burglary today, this simply cannot be true for everyone. This article gives a lot of good advice from a home security professional about areas where most homeowners could really improve their safety.

    According to the author, the first area to consider is doors and windows (or other points of entry). Think about the actual doors which are used. Your best bet is to pick one with a solid (ideally metal) core that also has a deadbolt lock. The deadbolt itself should be at least one inch, since many criminals will attempt to use tools that spread the door frame. An even better lock will also have an internal anti saw pin.

    The whole point to remember is that criminals are also looking for easy access. Anything that you can do to make securing entry more time consuming or difficult will help to keep your home safer. It also goes without saying to always use the locks!

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